Cornered 2018 – the Replay!

Cornered2018img12 – 14 April 2018
The Peacock, Sunderland

Following the huge success of this show last year, we were delighted to be reviving it again, this time in a residency at Sunderland’s fantastic venue The Peacock.

The performances were attended by full houses every night – which included head of the Sunderland Culture MAC trust Paul Callaghan, SAFC ex-players association chairman Maurice Hepworth, Sunderland-born actress Melanie Hill, and Oscar-winning Hollywood producer David Parfitt.

And we’re delighted that Mr Parfitt approached the writer after the performance, with a very exciting discussion about the Radio 4 drama production department. Watch this space!…

The evening of entertainment included:

  • A stand-up comedy set from brilliant Sunderland comedian David Callaghan
  • Top-notch food from The Peacock – a succulent serving of Pie, Peas & Gravy! (veg option available)
  • A performance of Jeff Brown’s brilliant play – with updates and new material added – performed by the brilliant Steve Arnott, who portrayed Davey Corner so perfectly in last year’s production.
  • An after-show discussion, and Q&A session, with Dave Corner, hosted by Jeff Brown

On the Friday night, Jeff and Davey were joined on stage during their Q&A by ex-players association chairman Maurice Hepworth, who spoke passionately about his charity work raising awareness of prostate cancer. Cranked Anvil hope to help out in future fundraising events with him.

About the play, Cornered by Jeff Brown…
On 24th of March 1985, a dream comes true for a young football player from Sunderland. just 18 years old, Dave Corner runs out onto the hallowed Wembley turf, to play in a cup final for his beloved home team.  Less than 90 minutes later, a slip up on the pitch turns the dream into his worst nightmare – from which his pride, his physical safety, and ultimately his career, never recovers.

This funny and at times poignant play by BBC Look North’s Jeff Brown finds out what happened to Davey Corner after that fateful day against the Canaries…